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Cold weather will persist

Published 5:59pm Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tallapoosa County residents might want to get used to the cooler temperatures that persisted over the weekend, because that trend is set to continue.
According to the National Weather Service in Birmingham, a cold front has blanketed most of the eastern United States with freezing temperatures.
“We have a mass of artic air that’s moving down from Canada and really carved down over anywhere east of the Rocky Mountains over to the eastern seaboard,” said Matt Anderson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Birmingham. “That polar vortex or polar air has moved down as an artic front through late Sunday night to early Monday morning.”
Anderson added that cooler temperatures are still to come throughout the week, and the front is bringing some of the coldest air the area has seen in a decade.
“The coldest air is going to be Monday night. We have a forecasted low in Tallapoosa County area or around 10 degrees Fahrenheit,” Anderson said. “The wind is going to start the night off some and is going to produce wind chills of zero or a few degrees below zero Tuesday morning. These types of temperatures are something that we haven’t had in the last decade.”
Anderson said Tuesday will see lows despite sunny weather.
“Sadly, on Tuesday things are not going to pick up much. It’s looking like it’s going to be sunny outside, but hopefully that doesn’t fool anyone because the high is only going to be about 29 or 30 degrees in Tallapoosa County,” Anderson said.
The Wednesday overnight low will be 15 to 20 degrees in Tallapoosa County, while mid-morning Wednesday will see temperatures rise up to in the mid 40s.Anderson said low temperatures will last until about a week when they will then rise to about normal for this time of year.
Emergency Management Agency Director Joe Paul Boone said his agency is trying to raise awareness about how cold the weather will be and encourage everyone to “stay in the house where it’s warm if they can.”
There were few problems on the county’s highways, Boone said, as the frigid wind  proved handy as the mercury dropped.
“Usually in weather like this, the wind is our worst enemy, but last night it was our friend,” he said. “It blew most of the water off the bridges and roads and helped to dry them, so we didn’t have any reports of icing.”
Boone said he was on the phone with the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department and police departments in Dadeville, Alexander City and Camp Hill to keep an eye on road conditions.
Mt. Lovely Baptist Church in Camp Hill is one place that is opening its doors as a refuge from the bitter cold. Church members Archie and Matilda Hamilton said they’d heard the need from across the community.
“We just wanted to fix up a warm place for people who don’t have anywhere else to go,” Archie Hamilton said. “We’ll also have some hot soup and coffee for them, just to tide them over until it gets warmer.
The church is located at 21900 Sen. Claude Pepper Drive in Camp Hill.
“Anyone who’s out in this weather and needs some place to go, come on,” Hamilton said.